A peek inside Grand Central Terminal in 1939

From the New York Central Railroad comes this cool cutaway poster into Grand Central Terminal circa 1939, when train travel reigned supreme.


The zodiac ceiling in the main concourse looks beautifully blue. There’s the main waiting room, now called Vanderbilt Hall, as well as a restaurant concourse, plus various lower levels connecting passengers to commuter trains and subways.

What happened to the art gallery on the third floor above the main waiting room?

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2 Responses to “A peek inside Grand Central Terminal in 1939”

  1. Jamie Says:

    The Art Gallery above the main Waiting room was transformed into…TV and Radio Studios! In the end of the 40’s, the 3rd Floor was used to stage LIVE TV shows for Studio One (among others) and was later used by CBS TV/Radio as the studio for “Walter Cronkite Presents” …in 2010 I was involved in the Structural Engineering of the new tennis Courts that were installed in this space…during the demolition phase we found a ton of scripts and debris from Walter Cronkite’s days in the space.

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